Ron Batty (1945/46 to 1953/44)

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Ron was a two-footed full-back with a preference for the left-flank. He had sound defensive qualities which were especially evident when pressure was heaviest and was fast with good powers of recovery.

A tough tackler Jackie Milburn would said that "he could cut a winger in half with his tackling".

He joined United in 1944 and signed on as professional a year later, staying at the club for thirteen years. Unfortunately he was unluckily blighted by a succession of injuries.

He made his debut in the 1948/49 season and appeared regularly in his first couple of campaigns. However, Ron could not command a regular place in the early fifties following the signing of Alf McMichael.

McMichael's ligament injury gave him a chance to win an FA Cup medal in the 1955 Final against Manchester City.

Following the retirement of right-back Bobby Cowell re-established himself in the side on the right flank.


Stat Box
Birth 05/10/1925 West Stanley
Ht/Wt5-08
Joined08/44 (18) Quaking Houses
Professional10/45 (20) £10
Debut 02/10/1948 (22)Portsmouth (A)Div 1
Left 03/1958 (32) Gateshead£510
App/Gls 183 1

Season by Season

This section is work in progress.

Pre Toon

Born in West Stanley, Co. Durham, Ron's first team was the Grammar School Inter-House XI, then he signed for Quaking Houses Juniors, then East Tanfield and Spennymoor.

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1944/45

Signed from Quaking Houses in August 1944.

1945/46

Turned professional in October.

1948/49 (31) (3)

Replacing Craig he made his debut against Champions Portsmouth at the start of October and retained his place. He exuded confidence from the start and was one of United's best performers, particularly excelling himself in the two games against Blackpool when he was up against Stanley Matthews.

1949/50 (20) (3)

Occupied the left-back slot at the start of the season then lost his place when McMichael was signed. Had another spell in the side when McMichael was injured.

1950/51 (3) (3)
1951/52 (2) (3)
1952/53 (11) (3,2)
1953/54 (14) (3)
1954/55 (35) (3)

McMichael's ligament injury gave him a chance to win an FA Cup medal in the 1955 Final against Manchester City.

1955/56 (24) (2,3)
1956/57 (27) (2,3)
1957/58 (14) (2,3)

Moved to Gateshead (aged 32) as player-manager in March for £510.